LINCOLNTON, NC (WBTV) - One man was arrested and two others are wanted in connection to a robbery and assault at a cell phone store in Lincoln County Saturday.
According to the Lincolnton Police Department, the incident happened at the SEA Wireless cell phone store in the 600 block of Riverside Drive in Lincolnton.
The company posted a surveillance video of the crime on Facebook Saturday.
"We are closed today because we got robbed today in the afternoon," the post read.
The video shows one man enter the store and attempt to make a purchase.
A small while later, two men barge into the store, one holding a gun.
The man with the gun rushes the employee behind the counter with his gun pointed and assaults the employee with the weapon.
The armed man then jumps over the counter and goes into the glass phone case, giving a phone to the first man who came into the store to make a purchase.
The other man goes through the cash register and steals money, then all three men leave the store.
The victim, Ralph Blackwell, was able to walk away with just a couple of stitches and some bruising.
Blackwell says if he could go back, he would have done at least one thing differently.
"I wish I had a gun," Blackwell admits.
Having a form of protection is the only thing Ralph Blackwell says he wish he had when three men robbed this Lincolnton cellphone store.
Mark McDowell, the man in the video attempting to make a purchase, was arrested Saturday for his part in the crime.
McDowell is charged with robbery with firearms or other dangerous weapons.
Sam Khan is the owner of the store and says he is very grateful for his security camera that captured everything on tape and he believes the robbery could have gone much worst.
"To be honest it made me cry, the way they were beating him. I can forgive what hat they did to my business, but what they did to my brother, it was just too much."
Lincolnton police are on the case and are searching for the suspects.
Khan says Mcdowell is no stranger to him and seemed to have been strategically planning the robbery.
"He was one of my customers and called me twice to see where I am," says Khan.
Blackwell's stitches are a constant reminder of the attack that he was able to walk away from.
If given the chance, there is one question Khan has for all three men in this disturbing video.
"I wish they could tell me why they did that."
Both Khan and Blackwell say they plan to be at every court date Mark Mcdowell has moving forward and only hopes that Lincolnton police are able to find the other two men in the surveillance video.
Citizens with any information are asked to call police at 704-736-8900.